Lowell Lantern

February 19, 2021

Principal's Message

Hello Lowell Families,


Just a reminder to all families that we are now sending devices home on a nightly basis with all students to provide additional educational technology access at home. iPads will continue to be monitored and updated as needed through the Warren Township Technology Office. Please be sure the following steps are taken each evening as you prepare your student for the next school day:

  • Students should remain signed in to their Apple account
  • iPad is fully charged (Chargers may remain at home and do not have to be returned to school each day)
  • iPad & keyboard is cleaned on a daily basis and no food or drink near devices
  • iPad & keyboard is placed in book bag each evening


Please continue to help remind your child(ren) the importance of bringing and wearing a mask correctly each day. Remember, washing masks regularly is important! Thank you for your continued support of our safe school measures.


Next Tuesday, April 23 is "Wear RED to school & support the American Heart Association" for $1. Students who purchased a t-shirt from the American Heart Association may wear their shirts on Tuesday. All money raised will go to our charities that we are supporting through our Kindness and Justice Challenge.


Friday Feb. 26th is Lowell Spirit Day. Students may wear Lowell gear or wear green on Friday. We are celebrating the conclusion of our Kindness & Justice Challenge on Friday and encourage all students to participate in our Spirit Day!


We hope you have a wonderful weekend! As always, please let us know if you need anything! Thank you for your support of Lowell! Take care! Be safe! And stay warm!

Mrs. Griffin

WINTERTIME RECESS

School Board and School policy encourage outdoor recess for our K-4 students whenever possible to encourage activity and social playtime. Our threshold for cold weather is 20 degrees. When the temperature falls below 20, students will have recess indoors. The 20 degree temperature would also include wind chill. In other words, if the temperature is 25 but the windchill falls below 20 degrees, students would remain indoors for recess. If students are not feeling well or parents want them to stay in for health reasons beyond 1-2 days, a doctor's note is required.

DOES YOUR CHILD NEED A WINTER COAT?

With the cold weather, it is important for our students to wear their winter coats to stay warm and healthy. If your child is in need of a winter coat, please reach out to Mrs. Griffin, Ms. Reedus, or Mrs. Hand at 317-532-3900. We have a limited supply of winter coats. In addition, Moorhead Community Resource Center has coats available. Please reach out if you are in need.

FROYO FRIDAY DURING LUNCH

Students will be able to purchase a FROYO (frozen yogurt) treat for $1.00 during their lunch period.


FROYO will be available for purchase at lunch every Friday.

Wear RED to school & support the American Heart Association -- Tuesday, 2/23

On Tuesday, February 23, we are asking students to support our Kindness & Justice Challenge, by bringing in $1.00 and wearing RED to school in support of the American Heart Association. Students who purchased a t-shirt from the American Heart Association may wear that shirt to school on Tuesday.


All money raised during our K&J Challenge will go towards our charitable organizations: Warren Early Childhood Center, American Heart Association, and Riley Hospital for Children.


We hope many of our students will participate!


ACCEPT THE LOWELL CHALLENGE ~ THE KINDNESS & JUSTICE CHALLENGE!

Kindness & Justice Challenge -- Spirit Day on Friday, 2/26

We want to thank our students and Lowell community for all of the coin donations over the course of our Kindness & Justice Challenge! We wrapped up our coin challenge today and are so impressed with the kindness of our students! We will have total donations available next week!


Friday, February 26 is our Kindness & Justice Challenge Celebration. We are having a Lowell Spirit Day to celebrate all of the hard work that our students have put forth during this Challenge! We are asking all students to wear either Lowell spirit wear or the color green on Friday, 2/26. We hope all of our students will show their Lowell spirit!

Virtual Students Enrolled in 1st, 4th, 6th, and 8th Grade

Do you want your child to be considered for high ability next school year?


Students in the virtual learning academy who are currently enrolled in 4th, 6th and 8th grade that want to be considered for high ability next school year must participate in NWEA via the in-person setting. Tests will be administered at WECC on 4 different dates and students must be registered to participate. The following documents share information about testing and the registration link.

Parent Recommendation Form for 2021-2022 High Ability Program

Parent Recommendation Form - High Ability 2021-22


The High Ability Program Parent Recommendation Form for the 2021-2022 school year is now available through March 26! Students are identified for the program based on state and District criteria, which may include achievement test scores, student ability, and parent and teacher recommendation. Parent recommendations are considered but do not guarantee placement in the High Ability Program. For placement consideration, please submit a parent recommendation form here.

P-EBT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

All Warren Township Schools will participate and provide the necessary data to the Division of Family Resources for the 3rd round of the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT).


FSSA has updated its estimated issuance date to February 28, 2021. It is essential that you keep your card, as additional P-EBT assistance will be loaded back onto this same card. Again, PLEASE KEEP THIS CARD. For more information, visit https://www.warren.k12.in.us/article/388678?org=msd-of-warren-township, which includes links to FSSA P-EBT webpage and FAQs.


For additional questions or information, please feel free to call our Food Service Department at 317-869-4381 or 317-869-4389, or you can visit https://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/dfr-policy-changes-and-actions/pandemic-ebt/.


If you should happen to move and need to complete a change of address form, please visit the following link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=ur-ZIQmkE0wxBi0WTPYjbJ_x7DdGCFIvwlvRHlpyNNUN1pDMjdWOE1EQ1o5QTJQTkNJTFY0UVlCUi4u"


Please see the flyer below for your review. The assistance is only for students in grades K-12. Early Childhood and Adult Education does not qualify. For additional information about P-EBT, please feel free to visit: https://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/dfr-policy-changes-and-actions/pandemic-ebt/

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2021 Teacher Recruitment Fair

Do you know a teacher who might be a great fit for Warren Township schools? The Warren Township Teacher Recruitment Fair will be held virtually on Thursday, March 11, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Please share!


The link to register is https://www.eventbrite.com/e/msd-warren-township-teacher-recruitment-fair-tickets-137829007271.

WARREN FOOD SERVICE POSITIONS AVAILABLE. APPLY TODAY!

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Parent VUE Portal

Synergy has a ParentVUE portal that parents can use to monitor students grades, attendance and discipline. Parents can view their students "Warren Password" on the ParentVUE Student Info tab. Parents can click on Student Info and then scroll to the bottom of the page. They will see their students' passwords right below the bus information.


Need help creating your account?: Click here for assistance

SCREENING REMINDERS

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SCREEN YOUR CHILDREN FOR SYMPTOMS EACH MORNING PRIOR TO SENDING THEM TO SCHOOL. IF IN DOUBT, PLEASE CALL THE FRONT OFFICE AT 317-532-3900.


IN ADDITION IF YOUR CHILD IS SYMPTOMATIC OR ILL AND NEEDS TO REMAIN AT HOME, PLEASE CALL THE FRONT OFFICE TO REPORT HIS/HER ABSENCE AND SYMPTOMS.


IF A PERSON OR FAMILY MEMBER IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD HAS BEEN TESTED FOR COVID AND IS AWAITING RESULTS, YOUR CHILD SHOULD REMAIN AT HOME UNTIL THOSE RESULTS ARE KNOWN. PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE TO COMMUNICATE THIS.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT ~~ FACE MASKS

Please see below for an important update from health officials:


Recent updates from health officials discourage the use of face shields as a replacement for face masks. All MSD of Warren Township staff and students should wear face masks unless an extenuating circumstance is needed.

Food Distribution Informaton

Now that our students are returning to school, we will be making a couple adjustments to our food distribution schedule. Virtual and Hybrid families can pick up food on Tuesdays from either 8:00 - 9:30 AM or 4:00 - 6:00 PM at Moorhead Community Resource Center located at 8400 East 10th Street. This Friday will be our last distribution at Raymond Park Intermediate Middle School and Warren Central High School.
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TECH SUPPORT

To increase our tech support for students and families, we are expanding our technology help desk hours at Moorhead Community Resource Center.


Starting next week, hours will be M-F from 7:30 - 8:30 AM and 11:00 - 1:00 PM. K-4 VIRTUAL students with iPad issues should be brought here.


Chromebooks can still be brought to any of the three Intermediate Middle Schools during school hours, 9:00 - 4:00, Monday - Friday or the Chromedesk at the High School during 1st and 2nd period, Monday - Friday.


If for some reason you are not able to access the above times and locations, you can also submit a help ticket through IncidentIQ by clicking on Technology Tab under the Explore Tab and then select Parent Tech Info.

Wifi Hotspot

If your household is in need of a hotspot to support virtual learning, please complete the request form below. Once completed, Hotspots will be available to pickup at school. We will contact you when pick-up is available. If you need assistance with completing the request form, please call our front office at 317-532-3900.
Wifi Hotspot Request

Click here to request a Wifi Hotspot

ARE YOU IN NEED OF ADDITIONAL SUPPORT?

If you have other needs beyond what is being provided, you can access the following resources:

  1. Contact your child’s counselor or administrator. All of our schools are open during normal school hours.

  2. Share your request through our district outreach hotline at 317-608-0545 or email at MSDWarrenOutreach@warren.k12.in.us.

  3. Visit our Moorhead Community Resource Center ~~~ Monday / Wednesday / Friday - 8:00 - 4:00 or Tuesday / Thursday - 8:00 - 8:00.

LOWELL ELEMENTARY COUNSELING SERVICES PARENT/GUARDIAN REFERRAL FORM

Mrs. Hand, our school counselor, is available to support all of our Lowell students. A student may be referred to the school counselor by a parent/guardian, staff member or the student may refer themselves.


If you are interested in counseling services for your child, please click on the link below and complete the referral form for Mrs. Hand. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdhMbp6BSh7ti1I6Nc6ar3-LjYr-cqbFUzhxIesLZmRXiqa3w/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0


Mrs. Hand has also created her own website where families can access information and resources. Please visit her website at the link below.


https://sites.google.com/warren.k12.in.us/lowell-school-counselor/home

PLEASE JOIN THE LOWELL PTA

Our Lowell PTA provides so much support for students, families, and staff. Please consider joining the PTA! It does not mean you must volunteer for events; however, joining the PTA allows you to advocate for your child and others.


For every membership bought, you will receive a discount card that provides great deals to businesses on the eastside. So your membership could be free with the great deals you get.


Please click on this link to become a member.

https://indiana-congress-of-parents-and-teachers.square.site/

INCLEMENT WEATHER DELAYS & CLOSING FAQ

As we prepare for potential inclement weather this winter, an inclement weather delay and closing FAQ has been created to address this during the IN-PERSON, VIRTUAL, and HYBRID window. The FAQ can be found on our website by clicking District Information under the Explore Tab.

VIRTUAL STUDENTS AND PARENTS/CAREGIVERS




Please read the important information below for those studehts enrolled in the virtual learning academy.

MATERIAL PICK-UP FOR VIRTUAL LEARNERS

Parents/Caregivers of students who are participating in the Virtual Learning Academy should plan to pick up materials for their students if they have not already done so. There are materials that students who enrolled in the virtual learning academy for the second semester will need.


Materials that your student will need for the 3rd quarter may continue to be picked up during normal school hours of 8:00am - 4:00pm. If other times are needed, please call the front office at 317-532-3900 to make an appointment.

Virtual Student Schedules for Quarter 3

Click on the following link to access schedules for Grades K -1 ~~ Quarter 3 At-A-Glance


Click on the following link to access schedules for Grades 2 - 6 ~~ Quarter 3 At-A-Glance

Are You a Virtual Student Who is Having Technology Issues?


The technology help desk is located at Moorhead Community Resource Center. Please drive through the gate on the west side of the building and enter through door 11 located at the rear of the building near the playground.


To increase our tech support for students and families, we are expanding our technology help desk hours at Moorhead Community Resource Center.Starting the week of February 15, hours will be M-F from 7:30 - 8:30 AM and 11:00 - 1:00 PM. K-4 VIRTUAL students with iPad issues should be brought here.


Chromebooks can still be brought to any of the three Intermediate Middle Schools during school hours, 9:00 - 4:00, Monday - Friday or the Chromedesk at the High School during 1st and 2nd period, Monday - Friday.


If for some reason you are not able to access the above times and locations, you can also submit a help ticket through IncidentIQ by clicking on Technology Tab under the Explore Tab and then select Parent Tech Info.

MOORHEAD COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER


Moorhead Community Resource Center (MCRC) is now open and ready to provide services and supports to our Warren Family! We are so excited to have this fabulous center in Warren Township and look forward to serving our Warren Families!


Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm & Tuesday & Thursday 8:00am - 8:00pm

Main Line: (317) 532-3854

Outreach Line: (317) 608-0545

Email: MSDWarrenOutreach@warren.k12.in.us

Address: 8400 E. 10th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219

AMAZON SMILE

Did you know that Amazon donates money to approved charities and the Lowell PTA was just approved as a charity?


If you use Amazon or have an Amazon Prime Account, money may be donated to Lowell with NO extra charge to you. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.


Please see the flyers below for easy ways to donate to Lowell. Share with your friends and family!

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BOX TOPS ARE GOING DIGITAL!

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SELF-SCREENINGS

Thank you for taking time each morning to screen your child before coming to school each day. Below are symptoms impacting consideration for exclusion from school:

● A fever of 100.0° F or greater

● Chills

● Cough

● Muscle or body aches

● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

● Headache

● Sore throat

● Congestion or runny nose

● Fatigue

● New loss of taste or smell

● Nausea or vomiting

● Diarrhea


Students and employees should be excluded from school if they test positive for COVID-19 or exhibit two or more of the symptoms of COVID-19 that are not otherwise explained based on ISDH / MCPHD guidance. If in doubt, please don't hesitate to call school at 317-532-3900 for some guidance. We appreciate your support in doing this important screening step each day before sending students to school.

MSD WARREN TOWNSHIP S.A.F.E. REOPENING PLAN

Please refer to the 2020-2021 MSD WARREN TOWNSHIP S.A.F.E. REOPENING PLAN regarding our safety procedures and guidelines. The plan can also be found on our school and district websites.

Covid Screening & Quarantine Information

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CAR RIDER INFORMATION

Our car rider line has changed locations! The car rider drop-off and pick-up line is now on the SOUTH SIDE (Raymond Street) of the building. DO NOT ENTER OFF OF HUNTER ROAD. All car riders will enter the line off of Raymond Street. There is a circular drive that cars will follow around to the sidewalk. Pull your car to the end of the sidewalk, place your car in park, and wait for staff to signal that students may be released from cars. DO NOT RELEASE STUDENTS UNTIL STAFF IS OUTSIDE AND INDICATES THAT STUDENTS MAY BE RELEASED FROM VEHICLE. WE WILL BEGIN TO RELEASE STUDENTS AT 7:55AM. STUDENTS MUST WEAR A FACE COVERING WHEN EXITING THE VEHICLE. PARENTS ARE TO REMAIN IN CARS AT ALL TIMES AND CANNOT EXIT THE VEHICLE TO WALK STUDENTS INTO THE BUILDING.


Students will only be released on the sidewalk side/passenger side of the vehicle. Please make sure your child is sitting on that side of your vehicle. When the sidewalk is cleared of students, cars will be released by staff to exit back out onto Raymond Street. PLEASE DO NOT MOVE YOUR CAR UNTIL STAFF INDICATES IT IS SAFE TO MOVE. DO NOT GET OUT OF THE CAR RIDER LINE TO MANUVEUR YOUR CAR AROUND OTHER CARS. STAY IN LINE AND FOLLOW THE CAR IN FRONT OF YOU SO WE CAN EXIT SAFELY. When the next row of cars are lined up along the sidewalk and are stopped and in park, staff will release the next group of students into the building.


OUR PRIORITY IS TO KEEP STUDENTS AND STAFF SAFE! PLEASE MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW THESE PROCEDURES AND TO FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF THE LOWELL STAFF. WE APPRECIATE YOUR COOPERATION.


Please make sure your child has backpack/supplies ready and that good-byes are said before it's time to exit the car. We will not have time to retrieve items or have prolonged good-byes in the morning. We appreciate your help with this!!


Review the map below to see the entry/exit location and the path for the car rider line. We appreciate your patience as we all learn this new system.

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SMOKE-FREE CAMPUS

Please remember that our Lowell Campus is a smoke-free campus. There is no smoking allowed anywhere on Lowell grounds. This includes smoking in your cars while on the Lowell Campus. Please refrain from smoking on school grounds if you are picking your child up or dropping your child off at school. We appreciate your support with this policy!


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Lowell Construction Updates

The renovation at Lowell is going strong!! We are excited to see the progress!

School District Publication/News Media Use

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STUDENT SUCCESS HANDBOOK

Click on the link below to access the 2020-2021 Student Success Handbook.


Student Success Handbook 2020-2021

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